Natural Body Cycles
Life is a series of cycles of energy production, storage, and discharge. this general cycle defines all living organisms, from one-celled algae to man. All of nature follows the 24-hour cycle of a day. All creatures, from the oyster to the elephant, follow a daily pattern of work and rest, sleep and activity. There are biological rhythms within the body that dictate periods of tissue repair, tissue growth, waste elimination, and so forth. Body temperature, blood pressure, brain activity, hormone levels, and a host of other factors obey this rhythm, which scientists call circadian.
Circadian rhythms are a blend of interaction of an internal clock and external cues of the earth’s magnetism, electrical fields, gravitational fields and cosmic radiation, even the movement of other planets. Each of our twelve acupuncture meridians in our body have a two-hour period of heightened activity, together, totaling 24-hours–the circadian cycle of the earth’s rotation. The body has bio-rhythms of 14-days for the physical, 28-days for the emotional and 33-days for the mental aspects of ourselves. Healing occurs in cycles. Some days the body has a high-energy level and it rebuilds damaged tissues. On such days, we may feel great. On other days, the body must do its detoxification and remove accumulated toxins. When this happens, we may experience low levels of energy or even depression.
Most people lead a lifestyle and follow a diet that inhibits the body in its cyclical work. For instance, when the body is cleansing itself via a cold, people become impatient. They try to suppress the cleansing cycle with drugs or food and the body must abandon its efforts. The body behaves in a sort of roller-coaster fashion as it conducts its detoxification process. One day it may cleanse heavily and we feel like shit. The next day, the toxins have been removed and we feel great. We feel so great, in fact, that the body decides to dig a little deeper and remove some of the older toxins, and then we feel worse.
This is a continuing cycle in the process of healing. Once a certain level of health has been reached, we don’t notice the cycles as much and they cause progressively less discomfort. The body goes through increased detoxification and healing crisis with every change of season. Notice how people seem to get sick at those particular times of the year. Fasting for 7-10 days with each seasonal change is practiced by those who understand the benefit gained from helping the body during these natural times of cleansing.
The Body’s Infinite Wisdom
Your body wants to live forever; it wants to be free from all pain and illness; it actively desires complete healing to take place within it at all times. Your body is your friend and partner in your effort to regain health. The body has the innate capacity, knowledge, and wisdom to heal itself at any time–if it is allowed to do so. The body possesses its own healing ability and the wisdom to direct this ability. The only thing we must do is let the body conduct its work with as little interference as possible. We can furnish it with the highest-quality raw foods when it needs it or abstain from food when it doesn’t desire it. We can exercise and rest the body, and give it fresh air and sunshine.
Other than that, all we can really do is wait patiently and intelligently and not become alarmed by the symptoms of its healing or try to suppress those symptoms--even if we are healing heart disease, cancer, AIDS, or any other degenerative condition. If you have faith and trust in your body’s ability to heal itself, the unpleasant symptoms, which may accompany this healing, become more bearable and are not a source of fear or misgiving. Ultimately, we must let our body perform its health-restoring work at its own pace. The real doctor is within–the body alone is capable of performing all the needed healing functions. The cellular intelligence driving the body is infinite in its capacity. We need not have any fears about its wisdom or ability to restore itself to the highest-possible level of health and well-being.
Did you know that your body runs to three 8-hour cycles per day?
Like the earth and the moon, sea, and seasons, our bodies have cycles. Our bodies go through these cycles every 24 hours, each and every day.
Once we learn to pay attention to these cycles, our bodies and health will reap the bounty of benefits.
By gearing our daily food intake according to these cycles, as well as correctly combining those foods, we will experience much improved all around health (our real goal) which for most include less fatigue and normalization of your weight ( the bonus)
So now lets learn about these cycles and combinations, as well as how to place them in your life.
Cycle no. 1 – ELIMINATION (4am-12pm)
This is the time when your body would like to direct most of its energy to the work of cleansing toxins from your body. To not interrupt this work, light eating is the best choice now , as the best way to break your fast (BREAKFAST).
This does not mean a cup of coffee (regular or decaf) and a donut . By light I mean eating the lightest, most perfect food.. Fruit and Fruit Juices (diluted with water is best for most)
You see, fruits does not in your stomach. In fact, fruit goes through the stomach and directly to your small intestines.
In this way, there is no diversion of energy from the body’s work of eliminating being used for digestion of food.
You see. when a heavy traditional breakfast is eaten ( eggs, potatoes, grits, bacon, toast, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, french toast, etc), it takes energy away from eliminating toxins and uses it for digestion of foods just eaten, and proper ELIMINATION IS NEVER ACHIEVED.
The ideal elimination pattern.
Three to five bowel eliminations daily — once upon rising, one after each meal, one before retiring.
When this pattern is not the norm ( and for most, it i not), then over time, it can take its tool on the body.
Eating fruit and drinking fruit juices in the morning (especially the ripe, juicy ones), can provide an easily absorbed food, high in vitamins and minerals. You have also employed the greatest cleanser for your body, as they help to dissolve the often old accumulation of mucus and waste that is along the intestinal walls ( this include small intestines and colon) .
For some, eating fruits only in the morning may take a while to get used to. Do the best you can. Eat the amount of fruit and/or juice to make you comfortably full.
If you feel hungry later in the morning, you can have bananas, granola, bran muffins (made with natural sweeteners), or whole grain toast. Keep in mind your objective is to adjust to ONLY FRUIT AND/OR DILUTED FRUIT JUICES IN THE MORNING.
Cycle no. 2 -APPROPRIATION (12pm-8pm )
Now your body has the energy required to preformed the vital functions concerning the food you eat. INGEST (EAT) — DIGEST (BREAK DOWN)
This is when we should eat the majority of our HEAVY CONCENTRATED FOODS.
Lunch and dinner fall into this cycle
Lunch is the best convenient to have starch meals at lunch as opposed to protein, Do so –Do not make this difficult. Just make sure you plan your meals using the BASIC PRINCIPLES OF COMBING HEAVIER CONCENTRATED FOOD (protein or starch) with lighter foods () vegetable and /or salad).
WE ALL MUST BECOME MORE ACCEPTING OF THE FACT THAT…..WE DO NOT HAVE TO EAT MEAT AT EVERY MEAL……..WORK WITH THE PROGRAM AND THE PROGRAM WILL WORK FOR YOU.
Cycle no. 3 – ASSIMILATION (8pm – 4am)
During this cycle, the body is now ready to ABSORB THE NUTRIENTS FROM THE FOODS WE HAVE EATEN.
It make sense to EAT DINER EARLY, o that the food you eat are DIGESTED AND OUT OF THE STOMACH as preparation for this cycle.
If we eat late, we throw ALL our CYCLES OUT OF BALANCE, We are then….
EATING WHEN WE SHOULD BE ABSORBING; ABSORBING WHEN WE SHOULD BE ELIMINATING; TRYING TO ELIMINATE WHEN WE SHOULD BE INGESTING AND BREAKING DOWN.
Also remember, some of the worse thing we can do to our bodies, concerning our intake of foods is to…..
EAT WHEN UPSET, EAT TOO FAST, NOT CHEW OUR FOOD WELL, DRINK FLUIDS WITH MEALS, OVER EAT, EAT LATE AT NIGHT (After 8 p. m. Is Late).
On those rare occasions when you eat late, EAT LIGHT; on those rare occasions when you eat a traditional breakfast, still HAVE YOUR FRUIT FIRST.
NOTE: IN EARLY PROGRAM, SOME MAY EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT ( BLOATING/GAS,ETC.), STAY WITH IT. “THIS TOO SHALL PASS” AS THE BODY MAKES THE ADJUSTMENTS TO THIS NOW NEW PATH OF EATING TO LIVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE, AND NOT LIVING TO EATING UNTO A PREMATURE DEATH.
The following information is invaluable. I first came across it years ago in the health classic Fit for Life, by Harvey & Marilyn Diamond. Utilizing this knowledge throughout my own healthy LIVING/ RAW-FOOD journey has made all the difference.
Although the body can be eating, digesting, using food and cleaning all at the same time to varying degrees, it has been found that from approximately 4am until noon, the body is cleansing itself (eliminating) – this is why, for example, people wake up with headaches, crusty eyes, furred tongues and so on – this is the debris coming out. It makes most sense for the body to be doing its housecleaning while we are asleep, because it’s then that we are not exerting any extra energy and can let nature take its course.
ELIMINATION-During this first 8 hour period, the best foods we can possibly eat (if we want to) are fruits or fruit, veg or green juices, because they require minimal digestion and are the only foods which have been found not to interfere with this cleansing process. Therefore the ideal scenario is to try and incorporate as much fresh fruit or juice into your morning routine and slowly cut down (and ideally, out) on other items. Basically, as soon as you eat anything else, the cleansing stops. I’m convinced that my keeping to this routine for so long is largely responsible for keeping my weight low and my energy high. And you just feel so clean too!
Harvey states, “The elimination cycle is without question your greatest ally in the prevention of health and prevention of disease”..in their second book Fit for life, Living Health.
He also explains “ If a blood test were to be taken every hour for 24 hours, it would show that the bloodstream is most heavily burdened with the by-products of metabolism during the hours between 4am-12noon, indicating the stepped up elimination cycle, because it is the blood that carries waste material to the four channels of elimination:the bowels, bladder, lungs, and skin.
APPROPRIATION-The second eight hour cycle, is between noon and 8pm which, when you think about it, is when most of us eat our two main meals of the day – lunch and dinner. This is the time when the body is most efficient at digesting and dealing with foods. It’s also the time when we are burning them up the fastest because we’re at our most active. As long as we are eating according the dictates of our appetite, we should be merrily refuelling and burning, refuelling and burning in a fairly steady and comfortable way, which makes for a really comfortable feeling in the body.
Eating when one is truly hungry can take a bit of getting used to, but is far more enjoyable than eating just because the clock dictates it’s lunchtime. And it makes so much sense!
ASSIMILATION-The third cycle, is the time for utilising the food you have consumed during the day. Assimilation takes place between (approximately) 8pm and 4am, i.e. the time you’re most likely to be relaxed, asleep or least active. During this time the body can get to work drawing all of the goodness out of your food from the day, and working on healing and rebuilding. As this phase starts drawing to a close it leads neatly back into the first cycle, cleansing, as it gets rid of everything it doesn’t need.
Dr John McDougall says “The best sleep is on an empty stomach”
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